Hakone Yosegizaiku

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Hakone Yosegizaiku & Workshops

Hakone Yosegizaiku & Workshops

Hakone Yosegi-zaiku is a traditional Japanese decorative craft based on marquetry works. Popularized during the Edo Period, yosegizaiku has gained fame around the world for the beautiful colors and unique patterns, such as the ichimatsu or flax leave designs. The patterned designs are often used for decorative boxes that feature hidden compartments, not unlike a puzzle box. The boxes are made using sheets of wood from various trees glued onto the boxes, then given a lacquer coating to hold the works in place. Some examples of products that can take advantage of the Hakone Yosegi-zaiku designs are tissue boxes, jewelry boxes, saucers & canisters, chopsticks, photo-frames, and more.

While in Hakone, you can try your hand at making Yosegi-zaiku designs with an introductory workshop. Create a special treasure to hold your jewelry or sewing materials that doubles as an excellent keepsake from your Japan vacation. These designs make excellent souvenirs for friends back home, or serve as a great memento of your Japan tour vacation!

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